When Boston Yacht Sales ordered a Sabre 48 Express as a stock boat for its client display, it had no idea it was about to become part of a milestone event at Sabre Yachts. That 48-footer, it turns out, is the 3,000th launch for the Maine-based boatbuilder. Its retail price tag is just over $1.1 million.
This isn’t the first time that Boston Yacht Sales has enjoyed being part of a milestone launch. It’s one of Sabre’s 15 core dealers, was one of the original six dealers to carry Sabre’s Back Cove line and sold both the first and 500th Back Cove that Sabre built.
About 50 people attended a celebration of the 3,000th boat at an event held in Boston earlier this month.
Sabre employees strolled the docks with a palpable sense of pride in the achievement, perhaps none more so than company President and CEO Daniel Zilkha, who saw Sabre through the ups and downs of the economy during the past decade.
“Daniel’s fiscal guidance over the years has been very helpful to us,” says Sabre’s vice president of sales and marketing, Bentley Collins. “He held us back when competitors were releasing new models and pushed us to provide new models when the market was right.” Zilkha beamed from the deck of a Back Cove 37 as he deflected that credit back to the employees who have invested 6 million man-hours into the company over the years.
“It is the quality of our designs and boat construction that has seen us through the tough times,” says Zilkha, who predicts those same ingredients will serve the company well into the future. When asked what we can expect from Sabre in the coming years, Zilkha smiled and said with certainty, “The party for Hull No. 5,000.”
Look for more big news out of Sabre in July 2015, when its current 38- to 54-foot range of offerings is expected to expand with a 66-foot model.
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